Happy New Year… Old School Style!

This post was 40 years in the making…straight from the pages of the 1976 edition of Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook handed down from Heather’s Grandma. (Thanks Betty!) We decided to celebrate New Year’s Eve by making a few retro recipes. What better way to ring in 2016 than to party like it’s 1976?

The elusive cherry. Do you remember being so excited? So excited that there was a cherry in your bowl of fruit cocktail? Current cans seem to have way more cherries than I recall from my youth. At 6 years of age, I certainly wasn’t asking mine to be served in ginger ale with a dash of bitters over it, but we ate this Ginger Fruit Cocktail and it was a nice trip down memory lane.

RB_ginger fruit cup-p

What’s a party without a log? A Salmon Party Log to be specific. Laugh all you want, but this is remarkably good! We both thought it would be disgusting, but dared each other to try it. It turned out to be our favorite recipe of the day. This might be due to the high quality canned salmon used, Bumble Bee Prime Fillet Atlantic Salmon. Or it might be due to my impressive log-rolling skills.

RB_salmon party log-p

For our final course, we went with the Broiled Grapefruit. Heather wasn’t a fan (too bitter). The broiling didn’t add as much flavor to it as I anticipated. But we like the picture.

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This was so much fun, we’d like to do it again some time. Do you have any retro recipes that you dare us to try?

We had a great 2015 (thanks for the 15,000+ views!) and look forward to 2016. Hope you all have a great new year. Cheers!

2 thoughts on “Happy New Year… Old School Style!

  1. I don’t have the Better Homes and Garden cookbook, but I do have Betty Crocker from the same time period. I have yet to do a ‘retro’ meal, but I always want to try some of the things in there that are not my normal tried and true recipes. The coffee drinks that make me think of a ski lodge in the 70s are my favorite. Along with the canapes. I will definitely try the salmon loaf because I love salmon and I have several cans of salmon… not Bumble Bee, but I’m not picky. And really, cream cheese will make it all better. Loved this post. I hope to see more retro meals. Though I can’t give you any suggestions. I have always wondered about broiled grapefruit, having read about it in several 1930s romance books. Clearly it’s not as dramatic as I thought. 😛

  2. Thanks for the moment, Kate! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Let me know what you think of the salmon log once you try it. We’ll try and do some others soon! Coffee drinks could be good too. Cheers!

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